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Line Graphics

You may often find yourself needing to create an edge for planted areas represented in your drawings, such as ground cover hatch. We offer several default linetypes to help you accomplish this goal.

 

We've developed various graphic linetypes to augment those offered by AutoCAD. These lines may offer better LTScale output and more flexibility than the standard AutoCAD linetypes. Further, you can use them to define borders for shrub areas or ground covers, as all linetypes all create standard polylines.

We also offer a Railing tool, which places linear graphics in your drawing that represent various types of walls, fences, and, yes, railings. For more information, see our Railing page.

 

Accessing the Line Graphics Tools

Our Line Graphics tools are available as:

 

A series of flyouts on the F/X Site ribbon

A series of buttons on the Graphics Line toolbar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A series of Command line commands (see individual line sections below).

Scallop Line

Open the Scallop Line tool:

 

F/X Site ribbon, Scallop Line flyout

Graphics Line toolbar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or type FX_ScallopLine in the Command line

 

 

 

The Scallop Line tool is possibly the most useful of the linetypes for drawing vegetation edge lines. If you click a series of points in a counterclockwise direction, the scallop edge will be “puffy,” but subtler than a standard cloud line.

 

 

Select Scallop Line, then click a series of points in a counterclockwise direction.

 

 

 

Press either the C key to "close" the line, or the Enter key (or simply right-click) to end the function. The scallop lines are inserted points drawn between the points where you clicked. As the Scallop Line is a polyline, it's easy to apply a hatch pattern to the infill area.

 

 

 

If you click a series of points in a clockwise direction, the scallop edge will be “pointy.”

 

Here's an example of a Scallop Line with a series of points in a clockwise direction:

 

 

 

The line will appear as “pointy."

Cloud Line

Open the Cloud Line tool:

 

F/X Site ribbon, Cloud Line flyout

Graphics Line toolbar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or type FX_CloudLine in the Command line

 

 

 

After selectin Cloud Line, click a series of points. You can then either:

  • Type C key to "close" the line, or
  • Press Enter or right-click to end the function

 

 

 

 

A Cloud Line is a traditional half circle arc for revision cloud definition lines or vegetation lines.

The AutoCAD Express Tools Revision Cloud is an excellent method to automatically install a series of arcs as you move the crosshairs around the drawing. Our Cloud Line differs in that it requires you to click manually for each arc location. This added feature provides you with more control of the graphical environment.

Random Pointy Line

Open the Random Pointy Line tool:

 

F/X Site ribbon, Random Pointy Line flyout

Graphics Line toolbar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or type RandomArcLine in the Command line

 

 

 

The Random Pointy Line tool uses an algorithm to create a random, hand-drawn look, as in the example to the right. This provides a more artistic casual line edge for some vegetation types.

Random Cloud Line

Open the Random Cloud Line tool:

 

 

F/X Site ribbon, Random Cloud Line flyout

Graphics Line toolbar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or type RandomCloudLine in the Command line

 

 

 

Here's an example of a Random Cloud Line:

Random Cloud Line allows you to draw a clouded line without having to select each individual point. This tool is similar to the AutoCAD Revision Cloud in appearance but is generally easier to control.

Spline

Open the Spline tool:

 

 

F/X Site ribbon, Spline flyout

Graphics Line toolbar

 

 

 

 

 

 

or type DrawSpline in the Command line

 

 

 

You can start drawing a Spline, or press S and then Enter to select an existing closed polyline.

 

The example to the right shows the process of drawing a Spline.

 

 

 

When finished drawing the Spline, press Enter. Any sharp corners will become curved, as pictured to the left.

The Spline tool facilitates drawing splines – a type AutoCAD drawing tool that Autodesk defines "a smooth curve that passes through or near a set of fit points, or that is defined by the vertices in a control frame." Unfortunately, splines can cause file bloat and slow performance because of their numerous segments. Our Spline tool creates a line that resembles a spline but lacks the myriad segment components. Splines are often used for the boundary edges for groundcovers or Shrub Areas.

Poly Arc Line

Open the Poly Arc Line tool:

 

 

F/X Site ribbon, Poly Arc Line flyout

Graphics Line toolbar

 

 

 

 

 

or type PolyArc in the Command line

The Poly Arc Line tool is a convenient way of creating a polyline that consists of a series of arcs. This tool can prove especially useful in creating meandering mow strips or header boards, or meandering walks or walls.

 

When you select the Poly Arc Line tool, the Command line will prompt you to Specify start point. Click where you want the Poly Arc to begin.

 

 

The Command line will then prompt: Arc second point/ [done]. Click to select the second point.

 

 

The Command line will then prompt you to Specify end point of arc. Click to place the end of the arc.

 

 

Continue entering as many arcs as you wish. When finished, press the Enter key or right-click to end the function.

 

 

After creating a Poly Arc, select the line to locate all arc end points and midpoints. Adjust the smoothness of the polyline by selecting each grab box and moving them as necessary.

 

 

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Poly Arc tool creating a polyline consisting of a series of arcs.

 

Notice the bounding line to the crosshairs to assist in determining the last point entered.

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The resulting polyline

Custom Line

Several linetypes have distinct graphic identifiers. As dots and dashes have exhausted their originality, standards have embraced one or more characters. Thus, a line containing a W is known as a waterline. SS typically denotes a Sanitary Sewer. At some point, lines containing an X became fence lines, then O for chainlink fences. However, some designers prefer the even more clear WATER and SEWER, for example.

 

As you may know, AutoCAD's interface for linetypes is somewhat cumbersome. Our Custom Line tool offers a quick and easy way to draw these types of lines by simply clicking a button.

 

First, create a layer in AutoCAD that is dedicated to the type of line you will be drawing using the Custom Lines tool (example: L-WATER, L-SEWER, etc.).

 

Open the Custom Line tool:

 

F/X Site ribbon, Custom Line flyout

Graphics Line toolbar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or type FX_CustomLine in the Command line

 

 

 

A dialog box will open and prompt you to enter a New Value for a custom line.

 

Typing a value for your custom line (example: WATER) and clicking OK will close this dialog box and add your value to the available linetypes.

 

 

 

You can continue to add your custom linetypes one at a time by opening the Custom Lines tool. When you're ready to draw a line or polyline with one of your linetypes, select a linetype and click OK.

 

 

 

The dialog box will close. The linetype you selected will be set for the current layer. You are now free to draw your custom line using an AutoCAD command such as PLINE, LINE, POLYGON, etc.

 

For example, you can open the POLYLINE command by typing PLINE in the Command line. Then draw a polyline as normal.

 

 

The Custom Lines tool will apply the linetype you selected to the line you've just drawn.

 

 

Here's an example of a custom line drawn with the hypothetical linetype YOU SHALL NOT PASS:

 

 

 

Of course, no designer in his or her right mind would create a plan with a line marked You Shall Not Pass.

 

 

In case you create a linetype that you wish you hadn't, it's easy to delete custom linetypes. Just go to the folder LandFX\Linetypes and delete any files with the same names of linetypes you want to delete.

Feel free to delete any linetype files that start with LINE. If a linetype filename starts with anything other than LINE, do not delete that file!

Our Custom Line tool uses the settings you've configured for the CALLOUT TEXT Text Style, which also controls the settings for the text used in your detail callouts and Reference Notes callouts. You're free to change the font and point size of this Text Style, but keep in mind that your detail and Refnote callouts will also be affected.

Troubleshooting

Issue: Custom Line text is not scaling correctly, or is off center

Last modified on Monday, 29 July 2019 11:14
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